Wildcat Speech News

December 2015

Happy Holidays from the Wildcat Speech Room!

We hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you a peaceful and joyous Christmas. We asked the kids to tell us the best things about Christmas. They practiced their categorizing, describing, and explaining skills to come up with this "Top 10" list:

  1. Lights
  2. The Polar Express
  3. Egg nog
  4. Ornaments
  5. Christmas carols
  6. Joy and laughter
  7. Giving
  8. Santa
  9. Making cookies

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December literature unit: "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Grandma Annii's Storytime
This month we read "Gingerbread Baby", Jan Brett's story about a mischievous half-baked gingerbread kid. We worked on basic concepts (spatial words like under, between, above, and near), vocabulary, perspective taking, reasoning and explaining, comparing and contrasting, sequencing, and retelling. Watch the video of the story above, and ask your child to retell it in her own words.

Santa can help with speech and language, too!

As you're thinking about the gifts Santa will bring your children this year, remember that fun gifts can also help build speech and language skills. Many board games provide wonderful opportunities to practice articulation or language concepts (we play a lot of CandyLand and Zingo in our room). Click the link below to see some ideas for gifts that will get your kids talking.